Kansas insurance agent sentenced to probation for fraud

February 6, 2020 GMT

SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas insurance agent has been sentenced to three years of probation and fined $3,000 for fraud that included filing false claims against the insurance policies of her customers and keeping the payments for herself.

Trisha Wiehl, 42, of Smith Center, was sentenced Wednesday for several dozen counts, including insurance fraud, theft and forgery, the Kansas attorney general’s office announced in a news release.

Besides filing false claims that netted her $100,000, Wiehl also took money from the city of Smith Center and a local business and kept the money for herself instead of submitting the money as payment for insurance premiums. She then forged signatures, including the city clerk’s, to take out loans in the names of her customers. She used the proceeds from the loans to pay the insurance premiums of the customers.